Se­cu­rity Coun­cil votes to end 20-year peace­keep­ing mis­sion

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NEW YORK | The Se­cu­rity Coun­cil voted unan­i­mously Thurs­day to end the U.N. peace­keep­ing mis­sion in Haiti in mid-Oc­to­ber af­ter more than 20 years, send­ing a strong sig­nal that the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity be­lieves the im­pov­er­ished Caribbean na­tion is sta­bi­liz­ing af­ter suc­cess­ful elec­tions.

But the peace­keep­ers will also leave un­der a cloud. U.N. troops from Nepal are widely blamed for in­tro­duc­ing cholera that has killed at least 9,500 peo­ple in Haiti since 2010. And some troops also have been im­pli­cated in sex­ual abuse, in­clud­ing of hun­gry young chil­dren.

The United States has launched a re­view of all 16 peace­keep­ing mis­sions to as­sess costs and ef­fec­tive­ness, and U.S. Am­bas­sador to the U.N. Nikki Ha­ley told the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil that Haiti is “a suc­cess story when it comes to draw­ing down a peace­keep­ing mis­sion.”

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